Have you considered the amazing Ginsu...but wait, you can get the steak knives free if act right now....
But seriously folks.... the suggestion to use your budget on a few knives rather than a set is good advice.
When you shop ... feel the knife closely. Get a sensation of how it works with your hand. Feel how the handle and your knuckle at the base of the first finger get along. Try several brands and see if you can tell the difference between them.
I have a set of the Hinkle 5 star, and love them all. But I also bought a Hinkle base model Japanese knife when they bacame popular. It is a handy knife, but if I have a lot of work to do, I notice the cheap (relative) handle rubs my hand and actually becomes uncomfortable over time.
I also will go out on a limb here and say that a pretty good knife, if taken care of is better than an expensive knife that is not.
I cannot tell you the number of times I have tried to cook at friends houses where good knifes are left to disarray in a drawer, dull, lifeless, ignored, left to knock around with other lower-class objects. It is a sin, I tell you a sin, and such miscreants who allow their knives to fall into this sad and teriible state need to be banished from the world of quisine, and made to eat at commercial fast food restaurants where plastic is a suitable knife!
Favorite Quote: "Time Flies Like an Arrow - Fruit Flies Like a Banana"